Participate in 2019 IFC Sustainability Exchange: Invest for Tomorrow

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If you are an innovator aged 18-25 and committed to enhancement of the society, apply for the IFC Sustainability Exchange. This contest aims at getting the youth involved and engaged in infrastructure and natural resources development. At the same time, it wants to address the problems faced by communities and companies. Proposals are being solicited from young social entrepreneurs from around the world. Main focus is on energy, transportation, water and mining.

Deadline: May 5, 2019
Date for Events: 18 – 19 June, 2019
Venue: Dakar, Senegal

Awards
The top three applicants of the competition will have the opportunity to:
• Present their ideas at an event during the IFC sustainability exchange in Dakar, Senegal
• IFC will cover travel expenses(economy flight and hotel accommodations), if traveling from outside of Dakar
• Benefit from unique capacity devil it meant and networking opportunities with experts from international development, academia, and the private sector. Potential one on one meetings with selected attendees
• IFC will feature and promote finalists and the winners ideas on the commdev.org. Website and on IFC’s social media channels
• In the event the proposal involves more than one person, only the lead would receive support from travel or accommodations

Eligibility
• Innovators between the age of 18 to 35 years as of May 25, 2019, from around the world are invited to participate
• The competition is open to nationals of all countries. Participation is encouraged from eligible individuals with the drive to innovate, regardless of their occupation(for example students, NGO leaders, government officials, start up creators, technical experts, or any other)
• The applicants project proposal can be any new, original innovation, product, technology, inclusion and shared benefits for private sector and communities.
• Only one submission for a contestant will be allowed. Subsequent submissions will be disqualified.

Evaluation Criteria
Submissions will be evaluated on how well the following four attributes are demonstrated:
• Significance: proposed ideas should be specific enough to reflect some level of depth related to the themes and significant enough to impact a large number of people and/or private sector companies or countries
• Originality and creativity: submissions should present ideas that are either undeveloped or severely underdeveloped in international development research and literature, therefore showing Originality and creativity.
• Feasibility: proposal should include a brief ‘roadmap to adoption’ on the feasibility of the solution and addresses any roadblocks; all submissions should be actionable and measurable; they should also be based on practicality rather than theory. Regional or a country focus is encouraged.
• Clarity: proposal should be submitted in a clear and concise manner.

For more information, visit 2019 IFC Sustainability Exchange: Invest for Tomorrow